As Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman–often referred to as simply “MBS”–is being roundly condemned by the news media and world leaders for the murder of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi, another story of his depravity gets far less oxygen. MBS’s seemingly clean, reformist reputation has served as a cover for the vile atrocities that Saudi Arabia has committed in Yemen. Over 15,000 Yemenis have been killed or injured in the crossfire of a war between Huthis and the Saudi-backed anti-Huthis in the last three years. Another 22.2 million require humanitarian aid to survive. With some saying MBS will be forgiven by his western allies, the question remains: will anything force Saudi Arabia’s allies to look past MBS’s shiny exterior and intervene in the war in Yemen?
Adlai Brandt-Ogman ’21 is a prospective media studies major and the VPR’s cartoonist.